Call for AirAsia to speed up relocation


KOTA KINABALU: Matta Sabah Chapter has urged AirAsia to expedite the relocation of its operations from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 of the  Kota Kinababalu International Airport  (KKIA).

Its chairman Rovert Chong in a statement yesterday, said it had been more than two months since Malaysia Airport Sdn Bhd (MASB) last announced that AirAsia, the six-time champion of world’s best low cost carrier would move to Terminal 1.

He said although many passengers commented that Terminal 2 was no longer ideal as an international airport terminal, “it is too congested and at certain times, caused inconveniences to passengers”.

With the numbers of passengers growing each day, he said Terminal 2 was becoming smaller and smaller day by day.

“The unavailability of aerobridge makes it hard for people, rain or shine, having to go up and down staircase before embarking and disembarking, is among the complaints commonly received by Matta,” said Tan.

In addition, he said the parking area is not safe as security is lacking whereby many passengers had their car stolen or broken into, tires stolen.

Even the jungle in front of the terminal also looks like a breeding area for mosquitoes and it is not presentable to first time tourist into the State.

As such, he appealed to AirAsia’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes to make the much-awaited move to Terminal 1 a reality.

“Sabahans are forever grateful and thankful to Tan Sri Tony Fernandes for his vision, to make more people can fly, to open new destinations and also, bringing in more tourists to Sabah that undeniably helps the local tourism industry,” Tan added.